Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs Look to Build on Midweek Momentum

chelseaSunday’s opponents Chelsea have dropped league points in recent weeks. A 1-1 draw away to Brighton on Tuesday night means that both Spurs, and the other team in north London can catch up with them in third place if we win our games in hand.

However, we know that this is a tough place to get a result. Defeats in both legs of the recent EFL Cup Semi Final underlines that this is a difficult away fixture but can we be hopeful of bringing back at least a point from Stamford Bridge?

Team News

Our longer term absentees are still not ready to return for Sunday’s 4.30pm kick off. Son Heung-Min with his muscle problem and Cristian Romero with his hamstring issue will continue to sit this one out. Eric Dier is also a major doubt for Sunday and has now been pencilled in to return for the game against Brighton and Hove Albion on February 5th.

On the positive front, Steven Bergwijn’s incredible late double against Leicester City brings him firmly in contention for a starting slot. Meanwhile, with ten days left until the end of the transfer window, there are no new faces to add into the mix.

Match Odds

Chelsea start as favourites for the three points with the best odds of 7/10 on the home win coming from Betway and Novibet. The draw is the next option at a top price of 16/5 with Unibet while a win for Tottenham is quoted at 9/2 with BetFred.

In terms of form, we are some way ahead. Over the course of the last six games, the form table puts Spurs in second place with 14 points. Only league leaders Manchester City are above us. Chelsea, meanwhile, haven’t won in their last four and have picked up just 11 points from their previous six.

It could be tighter than the odds suggest but clearly it’s a tough place to get a result, despite Chelsea’s recent slump.

Side Markets

This is one of those few games where Harry Kane will have plenty of challenges in the first goalscorer market. In fact, Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku is the favourite to open the scoring at best odds of 9/2 with 888Sport and Betway while Harry is next at a top price of 6/1 with Unibet. A number of opposition players follow on before Tottenham make another appearance.

Other options from within the Spurs’ dressing room include Lucas Moura at a best of 14/1 with QuinnBet and Steven Bergwijn at a top price of 14/1 with MansionBet and SportNation. Further down the list, Dele Alli and Bryan Gil are both at best odds of 16/1 with QuinnBet while Giovani Lo Celso is quoted at 20/1 with Unibet.

Harry Kane

Harry Kane

Away from the player bets, Both Teams to Score is under the spotlight next and this is available at best odds of Even Money with VBet. This is another rarity – the ‘No’ option on BTTS actually carries the lower figures at a best of 19/20 with 10Bet.

Moving on to Total Combined Goals and a stake Above the 2.5 line will currently attract best odds of 50/51 with MansionBet. That suggests a low scoring encounter so we should also consider the Under 2.5 goals option which is quoted at 5/6 with QuinnBet.

Alternatively, if you’re looking at an open and attacking game then you may want to consider Over 3.5 goals at 49/20 with Unibet.

That leaves us with our regular look at some options from the Correct Score market. If you think we can steal this one, a 2-1 away win is available at 17/1 with 10Bet. The same outcome in favour of the home side can be found at 31/4 with 10Bet again while the 1-1 draw is listed at 7/1 with MansionBet.

Last Season

If you couldn’t recall the corresponding game from last season, you may have thought it would be one to forget. However, back in November of 2020, we registered a rare goalless draw and came back from Stamford Bridge with a point.

Timo Werner’s 11th minute strike was ruled out for offside while Hugo Lloris was called into action on a couple of occasions. Despite that, Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell was given the Man of the Match award so it was generally even overall.

A repeat of that outcome would suffice but can we go one stage better and return from west London with all three points?

Verdict

tottenhamThe potential issue here is underlined by some of those prices in the side markets. The bookmakers aren’t expecting too many goals – especially from within the Spurs camp. With Son Heung-Min ruled out until next month, the sole responsibility for scoring goals is on Harry Kane’s shoulders.

There is some support from Lucas Moura who has made important contributions and has stepped up admirably. However, there is very little firepower elsewhere. Yes, I know there is Steven Bergwijn but he now has to show that Wednesday’s late contribution wasn’t merely a one-off.

It doesn’t mean that Tottenham can’t come away from this game with a positive result but we’ll be looking to ‘nick it’ by the odd goal, rather than be comfortable across the 90 minutes.

We should be getting on the scoresheet this time and it’s a time to take advantage of relatively long odds of Even Money on Both Teams to Score. Over in the Total Goals betting, the odds aren’t that interesting, no matter what side of the 2.5 line you want to look.

Therefore, we’ll look to be positive and take Lucas Moura for an anytime goal. With Chelsea players dominating the goal scorer betting, there are some interesting prices for Spurs options. Lucas has impressed with six goals this season so let’s hope he can contribute with a match winning strike on Sunday.

Best Bets

  • Both Teams to Score at Even Money with VBet
  • Lucas Moura to score at any time in 90 minutes at 9/2 with QuinnBet

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